Norway ousts IM

KINGSFORD – Norway’s Little League major softball all-stars have put themselves back in contention for the District 10 championship.

Knocking off Iron Mountain 9-4 Friday evening at Lodal Park, Norway will face Gladstone today at noon for the right to play in Sunday’s final against Escanaba.

Due to a scheduling conflict at Lodal, today’s game will be played Marion Park. Sunday’s final, also set for noon, will return to Kingsford.

Norway struck for three runs in the first against Iron Mountain. Ada VanHolla delivered the inning’s big blow with a two-run triple. An inside-the-park home run by Mikayla Faull gave Norway another run in the second inning.

Iron Mountain threatened to tie in the fourth, putting the tying run on third and go-ahead run on second with one out, but Norway escaped with the lead.

A five-run fifth put the game out of reach. Van Holla added a RBI double in the frame.

Other singles in the game for Norway came from Allison Sheski, Danae Anderson. Lilly VanLoon had two hits.

VanLoon pitched the first two innings before giving way to Faull. They combined to strike out seven while allowing three hits and six walks.

JuliAnn Wickman worked the circle for Iron Mountain, with Emily Curtis taking over for the final three innings. They struck out four and walked four.

Jorden Stoner, Hanna Ellis and Brogan Anderson had hits for Iron Mountain.

In Norway’s 16-4 win over Kingsford on Wednesday, VanLoon and Mariah Gyselinck handled the pitching duties. Faull hit a double. Sheski tagged three singles, and VanHolla added two hits. Payton Castelaz, Anderson and VanLoon also contributed singles.

This afternoon’s game is a rematch of the tournament opener from Tuesday in which Gladstone earned a 16-5 victory. Gladstone fell out of the winner’s bracket with a 2-0 loss to Escanaba Wednesday evening.